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  1. 14 points
    Good morning! I hope everyone had a safe and fun Memorial Day weekend. My initial update which was scheduled to begin over the weekend was changed due to some major developments. On the list for discussion this week will be the following: 1.) Total fleet review for all buses and depot operations. 2.) The New Express bus test & evaluation program and the status of Alexander Dennis DD #0022, and the confirmed in-service testing of MCI D45 CRT LE #0023. 3.) The continued operation of Manhattanville depot for the foreseeable future. 4.) The acceleration of the the 40 foot Electric order and confirmation of the XE60 electric artic program. 5.) The acceleration of the the 40 foot hybrid (XDE40) order and the status of the 10 XDE60's. 6.) The New Jamaica Depot plans to begin construction in July of 2022. 7.) The conversion of the B46+ to artic operations. 8.) Update on the status of the B82+ and confirmation that ENY depot will not begin artic operations until 2020. 9.) The confirmed closing of Casey Stengel Depot. 10.) The 5 Borough Bus Route Redesign Project. 11.) Digital information Screen contract has been awarded to the lowest bidder pending the required documentation is received by the MTA. 12.) NYCB/MTAB Operations merger update including new timeline to have new Bus Command Center completed by August of this year. Operations are set to begin with a soft launch next year with full operations expected by 2020. The brand new unified digital radio system is scheduled to be installed in all buses by January 2, 2021, with a pilot program scheduled to begin on Staten Island with 200 buses starting in August of 2019. 13.) The MTA Bus Company award for 25 standard buses now pushed back to 2021. Also note the title post on the very first page of this thread has been updated and is about 80% complete. The revised assignments for the new XD40's will be completed later on today as well.
  2. 14 points
    You keep using that word. I don't think you know what it means.
  3. 13 points
    Just my random bus moment and thoughts for the day: How much I miss the variety in NYC, and am thankful that as a modeler I can keep a bit if this history in my living room. 😎 Work, play, and hobby. That means buses for me all day everyday! I also have to admit that even though this is a career for me, NYCTF, TTMG made me appreciate the fan side of it. I may come off strong at times and a few may not care for me much but you all here are the reason I am who I am. You all created ENY, and MTA personnel gave me the nick name and I have to thank you all for that because it has been a blessing. I've also learned to appreciate the opinion of you all and the rest of those who are on the other side of the industry, meaning the transit fans and everyday riders. I did not understand you people prior to the internet! Lol So for those that may not care for me much, I apologize if I ever offended anyone. I'm just a Brooklyine who pationate about what I do, and do not play when it comes to facts, information, or my career within this industry. Thanks for all of you guys support over the last decade! Also, please respect what we do and remember we take time out of our regular careers to provide fans, the average rider, and fellow industry employees information that was not available to even us once upon a time. We are not under any obligation to provide the general public of internal information and I was once repremanded for providing info here prior to MTA Brass authorization. For those that don't know, I posted MTA would award Standard Test Bus Orders to Nova, NewFlyer and Orion, and would then simultaneously resurrect the C40LF because the neither the Xcelsior nor the C40LFR were approved for MTA ops, and I would later explain why when I introduced the Bus Test & Evaluation Program. At my time of posting, MTA had not notified any manufacturer of these pending awards except for Orion. This caused major issues as all the manufactureing firms and MTA Brass read NYCTF. I posted a were earlier than I was supposed to, and MTA had to issue an emergency statement validating my claims which I was accused of lying about from everyone from regular posters to SEPTA, to multiple MTA employees who did not know about the pending plans. I almost lost my entire career providing you all exclusive information, and it bothers me sometimes when people here think they are entitled to this information that we provide. Appreciate what we do, because we won't be here forever, and we didn't have anything remotely close to this as children. We didn't even know people shared the same passions and thought we were weird. There's too much negativity in this community at times, and many have gotten so used to this information, and complacent, that they have become ungreatful for it and have even used it against the MTA or myself and filed complaints for one reason or another. God forbid we all just decide to quit one day, shut down NYCTF and TTMG, then privatize MTA.... Rant over. -ENY
  4. 11 points
    New Delivery Schedule: 316 cars on property by the end of January 2019. Source: DCE
  5. 11 points
    Many (50) years ago I was a provisional RR Porter for the TA. It’s so long ago that there were separate seniority lists for the title. IRT, BMT, and Unified. As a provisional and as an extra I picked up all types of jobs. Working from 8pm - 4am throughout the system I worked the good and the bad. Myrtle El from Bridge-Jay to Sumner was great. Ditto for Prospect Park on the Brighton. My home station. Gun Hill Upper and Lower, 168th on the Jamaica and Utica on the Fulton were some of my favorites. Chambers on the BMT I put in a special category. I remember that the station had large overhead signs suspended from the ceiling on the n/b platform that gave route information . This was before the BMT- IND Manhattan Bridge connection. I used to make a special trip to the station while in high school just to catch a particular train. When the “via Williamsburg Bridge “ light would go off the “ via Manhattan Bridge “ one would light up and many people, including me, would move forward to board the special trains that used the rarely used southern tracks on the bridge. Move forward a few years and lo and behold I was assigned to clean the station one night 😁 . To this day I remember that night. I cleaned the booth and mezzanine where the Brooklyn Bridge, Chambers St, and Municipal Building passages connect. According to the work program posted in the booth my major duty for the night was to clean the center platform. I took my broom, scrap pan, and my sawdust and started working. Maybe 20 minutes passed and all hell broke loose. A Transit patrolman, some flagmen conductors, and a Station Supervisor showed up in that order. It seems that the platform hadn’t been swept in years and the regular people who normally were assigned to the station knew the routine. That night the clerk and I were clueless about that. The station supervisor was angry at first but he eventually realized that I wasn’t at fault. I just followed posted orders. I’m guessing that platform hasn’t been cleaned twenty times in the last fifty years 😀. To this day that station, along with the pre- renovation Utica , and the old Atlantic Avenue Fulton-Canarsie station are among my favorites. Carry on.
  6. 11 points
    Hey, you can believe whatever you want - I don't think its a worthy use of time to argue over the nuances of how emergency MOW work is scheduled and communicated. I thought it would be nice to provide some clarity on what actually happened for those who may have appreciated the additional information. Unfortunately, I guess that comes with a nice dose of accusatory harassment on the side. Sorry, I guess(?) My response was in regards to the work being done on the 23rd. Obviously, I could have mentioned that there was indeed postponed work that was scheduled for the 16th that could have been (mistakenly) construed as completed on the 23rd, but that wasn't really relevant to the conversation. Why would I mention the details about work that was done the week before if the focus of the conversation was on this week's emergency GO? Furthermore, to my original point, if the work at 18th Ave did turn out to need to be done with a GO, an emergency GO would have been scheduled for the earliest moment possible with no precipitation, not the Wednesday of next week.
  7. 11 points
    Major updates coming this evening and this weekend all across the board, with a fleet review, including the newly finalized MTA Bus contract for 53 XD60's. I've been on vacation taking care oF some maintenance issues with my personal Nova RTS. 😎
  8. 10 points
    Hello, everyone. Here's some images gathered from this walk. Now, here's the rest: Sorry to keep you waiting.. Here's the highlight: With the swap nearly complete, the final R142A train at Westchester Yard on the is 7596-7610. After that set left to Mosholu on the , the IRT line fleet is now organized by train type. Fun Fact: Back when SAS is opened to the public and an extra alternative to riders on the East Side with the and fully 11 car R62A trains on the , Lexington Av was all NTT's. The remaining R142As on the back then is 7591-7650 (7651-7655 as well). A few bonuses: Enjoy.
  9. 10 points
    Buses are spread out and us people in the poor neighborhoods don’t give a damn about which bus pulls up. As he asked above, where have you been? Queens has basically gotten new buses every year for the last 9..... And Queens doesn’t have a lot of old RTS at all. We have the majority here in Brooklyn. Your facts are off in several areas here, but I’m only going to reference 2 for right now..... Queens NYCT and Bus combined only have 86 RTS buses..... Queens only has 63 Gen I OG’s.... Can we be done with this conversation now? 😴 For me to have rode on, driven, and evaluated countless MTA Buses, (especially the RTS) I’m amazed and must just be very lucky with buses because I hardly ever get crap RTS’ and they consist of about 70% of my overall trips seeing as I live in Brooklyn and we have the bulk of them. I ride them daily on the B6, B14, B15, and B17. I’m almost certain I’ve been on, and behind the wheel of more of them that about 90% of the posters here. (Including some Bus operators we have here.) I guess I just have excellent luck when it comes to them! 🤷🏾‍♂️ And once again, the would have been gone if buses could be made fast enough. Overall, the maintenance record tell a tale slightly different then some of the narrative you all provide. If they were 50% as bad as some of you say, they would have been replaced in a similar manner to the Orion V’s and VII hybrids. Before most of you who are making this comments were born there was a much worse situation. MTA used to keep buses a lot longer than they used to now, and if you compare the records fleetwide, with the exception of the Nova LFS the remaining fleet has an average breakdown rate greater than that of the RTS. If we wanna get into that and review the records I will point out how out of 300+ old raggedy RTS buses, how many were road called today versus how many New Flyers that aren’t even 365 days old have been recalled, and the rediculously high rate of NG road calls is insane. Nothing will look brand new for 20 years in NYC, but I have to disagree based on the maintenance records. The wheelchair lift has always been the Achilles Heel of the RTS, and MTA uses the kneeler more than any agency in the country. By no means am I taking away from that because I’m currently having life issues with my Nova RTS and it’s definitely a pain. I also have a leaky roof hatch. Common problem when showing age, and that can easily be replaced. But in terms of everything else, I know for a fact my RTS, and my friends RTS’ runs circles around this new equipment.... They are much less labor intensive, cost less to maintain, and the gas mileage for MTA RTS’ is the same as our newest MCI’s just for reference. Mind you the MCI is a lot heavier and operates at higher speeds.... But to be honest, I couldn’t care less at this point. People are always going to have their own opinion which we are all entitled to. I have my own, and this is my second, so even when they are gone I will still have mine. I think it’s nice that out of 5,800 buses, more than 300 Legends are still around. You younger guys are spoiled these days. Once upon a time it was the norm to have 22 year old buses running around. Did some of you know that people come from all over the globe to catch a pic or ride on an RTS? Let them live out their last 2 years in peace. If they were hated so much or didn’t have the maintenance record that I know they do and I have access to, Quill wouldn’t have any at all. Add up the numbers...... Theres no reason for Quill in 2018 to have the RTS other than the history and the fact that’s it’s been the staple of NYC for decades. If you own an RTS you can book a TV commercial, music video or ad faster than any other model as long as you aren’t in Cali. They only want them for pre-2000 era projects. Those buses are money makes and they move NYC every time we have a major storm... Can’t wait to see how things go when we have a blizzard and there are no RTS buses to send out on snow loans... Hope most of you all have cars or an RTS like me in 10 years! Lol I don’t see ANY of the other models other than RTS on the “Bus IQ Test” on the new digital displays either..... I wonder why that is? Yes the need to go. You all can stand 2 more years running or less. Your ancestors had to deal with them longer.... The 7000 series RTS were here for what 25 years? One of my best friends who is also in the industry heavily like I am (and currently an MTA bus veteran operator) drove 7018 this morning. It will run circles around every last Bus in our fleet. Including every RTS we have currently have in service..... I wanna see if anyone collects something we have in the fleet now 40 years later.... Maybe I’m just bias because I love them and I’m from Detroit. Maybe it’s because I was a contractor for Millennium and have consulted with Roswell and Pontiac since 1990. Whatever it is, the black and white has spoken for itself since 1977. Take out the wheelchair lift, lack of driver space and comfort, as well as things that come with age, there’s no real valid complaint other than it being “old.” The Defence rests. RTS for life! Detroit designed and built. If anyone brings me better maintenance records, (Other than Nova LFS which has a modular design based directly off the RTS) I will stand down.... And I’m also a Truck and Bus Maintenance Technician in training, as well as an Airframe & Powerplant (Aircraft & Engine) Tech if anyone wants to question my professional opinion or experience and expertise on these things.... Someone here once said all I do is sit behind a desk and push papers and read statistics, when in reality most all of you have probably seen or passed me somewhere within the 5 boroughs and didn’t even know. Anywho, I’m done with this discussion and think I’mma go watch some videos of me whipping my RTS....💪🏾
  10. 10 points
    Mr byford don't play with the nimbys https://twitter.com/JohnSurico/status/999645525040386049?s=19
  11. 10 points
    Finally! "Continuous night and weekend closures for up to 2.5 years per line" is basically what I've been saying is needed all along. I mean it seems pretty obvious, really.
  12. 9 points
    4083 to WF on loan. 1001, 1002, 1004, 1006, 1007, 7622, 7634, 7641 being prepped for depot delivery to WF and FB respectively.
  13. 9 points
    Because no Wallyhorse-style service proposal is complete without rearranging the entire B-Division.
  14. 9 points
    This is how I look at it.... It'd be one thing if it were a different person{s} doing this, but when it's the same person over & over & over & damn over again doing this, it's kind of hard to simply ignore it.... Either having lurked or being a "contributing" member (poster), for a time period of about 20 years now, I find that people in this (online, NYC transit) community are not only willing, but also eager to want to spread information..... This is even including information that perhaps shouldn't be shared/distributed for public consumption (which the SI bus study definitely doesn't fall under)..... Starting new threads (and I don't where this practice comes from, because this isn't remotely the only internet forum (transit or not transit related) that has people doing this) isn't going to make anyone post any new information they've gathered any quicker, and for damn sure it isn't going to expedite any new information onto the forefront..... This is likely going to fall on deaf ears, but this still needs to be said, as you continue to portray this irritating ass habit for YEARS now: Yo, Chill the F*** out & wait like everyone else has to... ....Or better yet, start doing some searching for yourself, since we aren't posting any information fast enough for your impatient ass..... That's WTF your problem is.
  15. 8 points
    The current state constitution is from like the 1800s and the last passed amendments were from like the '30s. The rest of the state has always had an inferiority complex, which is interesting because the city's economy has always greased the wheels, even in the '70s when all those workers fled to the suburbs but still worked in the city. Today the city is something like two thirds of the state's revenues, but we sure as hell ain't gettin two thirds of the state's money.
  16. 8 points
    The "young professionals" you speak of don't know, or care, about CBTC. Far too many people seem to think that the MTA makes all its planning decisions based solely on politics and demographics instead of for technical reasons. The Crosstown line is getting CBTC because of the state of its existing signaling system. As far as I know, Crosstown has never had the major signaling refresh that many other lines have - meaning that not only is the equipment outdated, the line is much less flexible than it could be. The Bedford-Nostrand interlocking, which is invaluable during disruptions, still requires a tower operator to physically be there to control the switches, meaning that the MTA is often forced to suspend service on the entire line when something goes wrong unexpectedly instead of being able to turn trains at Bedford. You could ask the same question about Rockaway getting CBTC; that line doesn't have as much ridership as CPW, Fourth Avenue, or Culver. But there's a reason for that, too: the Rockaway line is getting CBTC likely because the simpler trackside equipment is more resilient to flooding than older signaling infrastructure, which involves moving parts. It's why the Canarsie tunnel held up better in the short-term than some of the other areas which were flooded by Sandy. (For what it's worth, Crosstown is also somewhat susceptible to flooding and that could have contributed to the CBTC decision there as well.) It's easy to just turn around and blame "politics" - whatever that means - or "young professionals," but there are factors beyond simply ridership figures that go into determining which lines should get CBTC, and for good reason. It isn't only a matter of running more frequent service, but also making the system as a whole more up-to-date and resilient. To tie back to the original point: this has nothing to do with pleasing riders, and far more to do with bringing one of the oldest and least-updated parts of the subway system up to modern standards.
  17. 8 points
    A teacher of mine once summed up this issue perfectly. There are three things humanity needs on a basic level: Sleep Food Sex It also happens that these three things are things we are absolute sh*t at talking about. While I can understand not wanting alcohol ads on the subway (it is, after all, a drug, no matter how responsibly you use it), shielding children from their biology is simply perpetuating our society's verbal constipation surrounding sex and love -- a condition more dangerous to children who need guidance about their sexualities than an alcohol ad.
  18. 8 points
    Not for nothing, but the more you keep reiterating the same plan, the worse it sounds. "Well, there will still be a handful of through trains to appease those travelling between Brooklyn/Queens and Lower Manhattan." "Let's run some trains up 2nd Avenue; Court Square will be a nightmare regardless." Do you even hear yourself or do you just live in some echo chamber where everyone's telling you that you have the greatest idea since the Segway? Do me a favor and take a step back and look at this from a practical standpoint. Ignore the so-called political will that everyone and their mother seems to have around here according to you and try to see what's going to happen when the Canarsie tunnels close next year. When those tunnels close, the will be the primary alternative for riders looking for service between Manhattan and Brooklyn. For those away from the Myrtle Ave and Jamaica lines, the will act as a bridge of sorts to ferry riders to the either at Court Square or Broadway/Hewes St. You are absolutely right in that Court Square will be a madhouse for the closure. That's why it makes absolutely no sense to limit the number of trains serving the station. If anything, you want as many trains serving Court Square as possible, which is why there is talk of reducing service to accommodate this. This is not a bad idea in and of itself as long as equivalent service is provided, which can be done with extra trains on Broadway and 4th Avenue and obviously extra trains on Queens Blvd. On the southern end, it's even easier as the must get priority on the Williamsburg Bridge. That will likely mean a reduction in train service to fit the increased number of trains. Whether that puts the kibosh on the Jamaica skip-stop remains to be determined, but I can tell you with absolute certainty that riders will not accept cutting service to fit in some half-baked train between Chambers St and 95 Street. This will be a painful period for all involved as various services across the board have to be altered to accommodate a service change nobody has ever seen or likely even contemplated before. Why make it more of a hassle when it doesn't need to be? There's no need to rearrange the system, as is your specialty, to appease politicians who really don't care about the granular details of subway services or riders who likely aren't making the trips you're trying to preserve and/or create. Also, as for this out-of-system transfer you are so determined to create at Atlantic Av and Fulton St, again, I have a question you need to ask yourself: how many people are likely to use such a transfer? The and are providing a direct transfer from the at Hoyt-Schermerhorn, so what's the point other than to play another game of connect the dots? On a side-note, why does everything have to go to 179 Street? I don't think you've ever given an answer for this one. Either that or I just tuned it out because it didn't make any sense. I can somewhat understand the and in an effort to remove the fumigation delays at 71 Avenue, but what on Earth does the , which last I checked does not even run on Queens Blvd anymore, have to do with that?
  19. 7 points
    This leads more to my working thesis called VG8 Has Nothing To Do. Who has time to post thirty times a day on this website and write to elected officials to whine about fleet management, without even understanding the way NYCB works? Customers have a right to voice complaints about poor service, decrepit conditions (lack of AC, etc.), but disliking part of the fleet for being twelve years old as opposed to eight is just a little childish.
  20. 7 points
    I think our thoughts are best summated in the pinned thread on the subject.
  21. 7 points
    They need to really stop dancing and flipping inside of train cars it should be banned and enforced.
  22. 7 points
    That tweet just made my day.... NIMBY's are so, 20th century.... Yesteryear.... I'm tired of the excuses & the fake outrage (quiet is as kept).... We need progressive thinking & progressive ACTION to TROUNCE those that DESERVE to be left behind.
  23. 7 points
    It’s not just you, trust me. I saw a driver on the 20 say one time to people getting on at Empire City “if you got money to go to the casino, you got money to pay your fare.” Like, straight up rude... On the bright side they don’t drive 5mph like the drivers do... at least not yet anyway.
  24. 7 points
    Here's the TLDR version of this: the IND focused way too much on putting the competition out of business, so much so that once they replaced the IRT and BMT equivalents of their services, they ran out of money for the actual expansion part they planned back in the '20s and '30s. Let's take a quick look at everything the IND built in its decade of true existence: The granddaddy of them all, the 8th Avenue line, was built primarily as a replacement to the IRT's 9th Avenue elevated. It only becomes its own line above 155th Street where it practically flanks the upper Broadway line to its terminus at 207th Street. The Fulton St line, especially its original section between Court St and Rockaway Av, was a direct replacement for the BMT line running exactly above the subway line. The last trunk line opened by the IND, 6th Avenue, followed the exact same plan where it was built to replace the existing elevated line above. In a similar vein, the Concourse line was built to replace the IRT Jerome Ave line, just as the Culver line between Bergen St and Church Av was built to eventually replace the BMT's version that ran partially via the West End line. In fact, the only true expansions of the subway built by the IND were the Queens Blvd line and the Crosstown, the latter of which aligned in such a bastardized way that it misses all of the important connections. Sure, many of these lines are well used today and have much more capacity than their original counterparts. The fact remains however that very few of those lines really expanded the system beyond its pre-1930s borders. Had the city actually made more of an effort towards subway expansion rather than kneecapping the IRT and BMT with subway lines practically on top of the then-existing elevated lines and a five-cent cap on fares across the board, we might actually have seen a more expansive subway system.
  25. 6 points
    I don't know what your obsession with the Financial District is. It's clearly not that big a deal; we dumped LIRR to WTC in favor of East Side Access. Hudson Yards and Midtown East are the new priorities today.
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